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Spring 2019 News Update

Annual Conference, Membership, Inaugural Member Profile

2019 Annual Conference: Come join us in Indianapolis June 16-17 for our 2nd Annual Consortium Conferenceregisterbook your hotel, and submit a poster.  Join our new dues-based membership program and get a discount on conference registration.  The preliminary agenda is packed full of in-depth learning and networking experiences with national speakers, multiple panels, poster session and six workshops.

Membership Program: Join the new dues-based membership program.  Get a $25 discount on the 2019 Annual Conference registration.  Members have access to dues-paying members-only website for that focuses on networking and sharing resources.  There are topical discussion platforms for networking and learning: collaborate, post questions, solve challenges, share experiential wisdom and seek research partners. There are topical toolboxes where members will post and share best practices, protocols, techniques and forms. The comprehensive directory is available to members only.  Be a part of the community that is creating the future of postgraduate training.

Blog: Tipping Point: Taking Off  The spring season blog provides observations and thoughts about the acceptance and national growth of the NP Postgraduate training movement.  As Malcolm Gladwell writes: [we are] “in a place where the unexpected becomes expected, where radical change is more than a possibility.  It is – contrary to all our expectations – a certainty.”

U S Department of Education Petition for Recognition: On Friday March 22 we received official notice that the Consortium’s eligibility petition was accepted. We have moved into the full review phase. The formal external review by the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) is tentatively scheduled to be reviewed at the Winter 2020, likely in December. The NACIQI meetings occur in Washington DC. The 18 NACIQI members are appointed in equal numbers by the US Senate, the US House, and the US Department of Education.

CHAS:  Congratulations to the CHAS NP Residency Program, headquartered in Spokane WA, is now accredited for the full three-year period. CHAS was the first program to complete pre-accreditation and the first program to move from pre-accreditation to full accreditation. All within a 12-month period – impressive!

Site Visitor Training: The 2019 site visitor training class is half-way through its initial 5-month didactic course of monthly webinars, independent study, and team-based simulations.  After completing the initial phase, the ten participants will move into the experiential phase of training and join a site visit as an observer. After that they will be eligible to serve as a ‘full-fledged’ site visitor within the next year. On behalf of the course faculty, we appreciate and recognize the impressive amount of dedication, effort, time, and collegiality required to complete this training.

Research Survey:  Be sure to consider participating in the “Routes to Rural Readiness: Enhancing Clinical Training Experiences for Nurse Practitioner Practice in Rural Primary Care” survey if you are contacted. Rural PREP, the Collaborative for Rural Primary care Research, Education, and Practice (https://ruralprep.org/), is conducting this study to identify and describe the approaches of rural-oriented NP primary care education and training programs that are successful in facilitating the transition from education to rural practice. Program Directors from primary care NP education programs will be invited to participate.  If you want to ensure you’re included in the survey, please email Samantha Pollack at [email protected]  with your name, email address, institution and program name.  This study has been approved by the University of Washington Human Subjects Division (UW HSD). If you have any questions regarding your rights as a research participant, please contact UW HSD at 206-543-0098 or [email protected]. IRB #00006130.

Launching New Series — Member Profiles: We have created a platform to learn about colleagues and peers, influencers and leaders that shape our professional community of action and learning. Meet Patti Cleveland, ARNP, the first person to be interviewed in this new series, “Member Profiles”. Patti is the program director of Sea Mar’s NP Residency program, serving the Seattle WA region, and recently accredited in 2018.  Read about Patti’s experiences as a program director and mentor.  The column is written by Jenifer Franks, a highly regarded magazine editor and published author, who has worked with the Consortium on other writing projects. Let’s build this community. Send me ([email protected]) your nominations for people, programs or organizations to be profiled.  We anticipate beginning with one profile a quarter, expanding to more as resources and nominations permit.